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crochet

[kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee] /kroʊˈʃeɪ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ, -ʃi/
noun
1.
needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), crocheted
[kroh-sheyd; British kroh-sheyd, -sheed] /kroʊˈʃeɪd; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪd, -ʃid/ (Show IPA),
crocheting
[kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ʃi ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
2.
to form by crochet.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc < Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et
Related forms
crocheter
[kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ər; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ər, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
noun
well-crocheted, adjective
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Examples from the web for crocheting
  • Quilting had one, knitting and crocheting had one, even beading has had one.
  • She was sitting on an ivory settee, crocheting something or other, and had her crewels in a shallow willow work-basket in her lap.
  • Hour after hour she sits patiently at his bedside lost in her thoughts while crocheting.
  • Come share your knitting and crocheting ideas and enjoy the company.
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  • Join this group of knitting and crocheting enthusiasts, create fun projects and make new friends.
  • Crafts such as knitting, crocheting, and various crafts are done while talking over a cup of coffee and snacks.
  • She enjoys crocheting in the winter and can usually be found outside in the spring and summer.
  • Join our fun-loving group for a lot of shared experiences, socializing and learning new techniques of crocheting.
  • Knitting and crocheting for all ages and skill levels.
British Dictionary definitions for crocheting

crochet

/ˈkrəʊʃeɪ; -ʃɪ/
verb -chets (-ʃeɪz; -ʃɪz), -cheting (-ʃeɪɪŋ; -ʃɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ʃeɪd; -ʃɪd)
1.
to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)
noun
2.
work made by crocheting
3.
(architect) another name for crocket
4.
(zoology) a hooklike structure of insect larvae that aids locomotion
Derived Forms
crocheter, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French crochet, diminutive of croc hook, probably of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for crocheting

crochet

n.

1840, from French crochet (12c.), diminutive of croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). So called for the hooked needle used.

v.

1858, from crochet (n.). Related: Crocheted; crocheting.

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Encyclopedia Article for crocheting

crochet

craft that developed in the 19th century out of a form of chain-stitch embroidery done with a hook instead of a needle. In crochet work the hook is used, without a foundation material, to make a texture of looped and interlinked chains of thread. In the late 1840s crochet was introduced into Ireland as a famine relief measure. In southern Ireland the industry centred in Cork, in northern Ireland at Clones in County Monaghan. As it became more sophisticated, crochet work approximated lace, antique laces such as gros point de Venise, or Venetian raised lace, being successfully imitated

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